The US Government is to provide $21.4 million in new grants for an organic research and market expansion programme.
The over-production and over-consumption of meat is a serious problem for both the environment and human health.
The US Food and Drink Administration (FDA) has banned the sale of antibacterial soaps, saying industry had failed to prove they were safe to use over the long term.
In one of the first large studies of the Mediterranean diet as a ‘treatment’, Italian researchers have shown that a diet rich in vegetables, nuts, fish and oils worked better than statins in reducing the risk of early death. Researchers followed 1,200 people with a history of heart attacks, strokes and blocked arteries over seven […]
A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but produces more income for farmers than conventional methods. The 10-year study in Thika and Chuka was conducted with local partners since 2007. It contradicts the widely heard claim that organic needs more space to achieve similar […]
Leading US organic advocacy group The Organic Consumers Association is to sue Post Foods for claiming that one of its brands, Shredded Wheat, is ‘natural’ despite the fact that it contains detectable levels of the herbicide glyphosate. If successful the case would throw into question the legality of the term ‘natural’ in any foods containing […]
A global survey of the levels omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood stream of healthy adults reveals worryingly low levels in most regions.
A new risk-benefit method for evaluating micronutrient intake developed by Dutch scientists could help end the reliance on outdated approaches to the setting of vitamin and mineral levels, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH). The ANH commissioned the Dutch study in an effort to cut through the “considerable confusion” over what levels are optimum […]
A report commissioned by Food Supplements Europe has found that the EU could save billions on cardiovascular disease (CVD) healthcare if omega-3 supplements were taken daily by the over-55s. The aim of the Healthcare Cost Savings of Omega 3 Food Supplements in the European Union report was to determine if cost savings could be realised, […]
The booming US organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales rising to $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Organic Industry Survey. The survey shows […]
Armenian and Moldovan organic producers were at Natural & Organic Products Europe last month as part of a EU-funded initiative aimed at greening the economies of Eastern Europe. Countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus have already shown they are at competitive advantage for the development of sustainable, organic agriculture because of historically low levels of […]
Holland & Barrett’s overseas expansion gathers further pace with news that the health food retailer has signed a deal with India’s Apollo Hospitals group to open 1,000 franchise stores in the country over the next five years. The deal is worth around £20 million, with the opening of the first store said to imminent. Commenting, […]
An organic tasting event is being held in London as part of a campaign co-financed by the EU and Greece to celebrate the best of authentic Greek produce.
A growing number of ethical food labels are making their way to cosmetic and personal care products, reports Organic Monitor. New research by Organic Monitor into the US sector finds that almost 15% of natural personal care products are now certified to food standards, corresponding to a market value of over USD 700 million. Non-GMO […]
Scientists say that the unapproved and potentially dangerous stimulant oxilofrine has been found in a number of widely available US weight loss and sports supplements. Researchers from global public health organization NSF International, Harvard Medical School, the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the University of Mississippi and the National Institute for Public […]
A $1 billion USDA investment programme is helping the US organic sector maintain double-digit growth.
US industry journal Nutrition Business Journal has published a special edition that catalogues the bad practices and rogue operators responsible for a string of scandals that have hit the American natural products industry in recent years. NBJ’s Dark Issue sets out to “name names … and provide analysis on some of the year’s most scandalous […]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin D for Europeans. The document, compiled by the EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), proposes dietary reference values for adults, children and infants, pregnant and lactating women. Using bodily […]
A vote in Brussels on the relicensing of glyphosate has been postponed until May following opposition from several EU member states. Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands all stood against the European Commission’s plan to grant a new 15-year lease to glyphosate which is due to expire at the end of June. The reaction follows […]
Maximum Permitted Levels for vitamins and the UK’s ability to “retain sovereignty over key policy areas like health” will be major areas of focus for Consumers for Health Choice in 2016. CHC’s latest quarterly newsletter sets out the activity taken by CHC so far this year and outlines the future activity it will take to […]